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>>> the news nation is following the exchange of fire. president obama and speaker john boehner are locked in a whatever words this afternoon one day after republicans rebuffed the president's first proposal to overt the so-called fiscal cliff. first up, the president. the president who traveled to a toy company in pennsylvania today to call on congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class. president obama playing a little hardball accusing republicans of playing politics at the expense of american families. >> it's not acceptable to me and i don't think it's acceptable to for you republicans to hold tax cuts hostage because they don't want rates on upper folks to go up. >> john boehner scheduled a last minute news conference. fired back with this. >> increasing tax rates draws money away from our economy that needs to be invested in our economy to put the american people back to work. it's the wrong approach. >> as the rhetoric heats up, the clock continues to tick down. after today, there are just ten legislative days on the calendar. the house announced they will be recess
reid, now he is meeting with house speaker john boehner, that meeting just getting underway, after that meeting with senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and house democratic leader nancy pelosi and with the president and republicans on raising taxes republicans are trying to shift the focus to spending cuts and entitlement reform. >> i hope when tim geithner comes to capitol hill that he will put forward something concrete. so far all we got out of the administration are these demands for higher taxes, they're willing to discuss what is driving federal spending and debt and that is in title and programs. peter: we learned president obama and john boehner spoke for 15 minutes last night. i just bumped into a senior leader among senate democrats and asked him how he felt about this news and he said -- he was more optimistic about these negotiations today. he thought perhaps this man the speaker and the president were exchanging proposals on avoiding the fiscal cliff, john boehner has a press conference at 11:30 after his meeting with tim geithner. connell: we will speak with --
, remember the optimism coming from both sides in the days after the election? well, last night, speaker john boehner spoke an hour on the phone. today, the optimism hit a snag. and we can tell you there are some changes going on in the mood as they reverted to their default position, a stalemate. chris-crossing the capital today, the top negotiatior, tim geithner, met top republicans and democrats about the fiscal crisis but john boehner came out saying that the white house has not come up with a strategy critical to votes. >> i am disappointed where we are and what has happened over the last couple weeks. but going over the fiscal cliff is serious business. >> reporter: any real deal-making is the stuff of quiet conversations and meetings. rob neighbors used the language of high-stakes diplomacy to respond to john boehner's complaint >> i thought the conversation was very direct. and as always, i appreciate directness. >> reporter: while the senate majority leader, harry reid, was very blunt about being pessimistic. >> i don't understand his brain, you should ask him. >> reporter: visiting
into us at cnn. >>> he's wanted for questioning and now a pioneer turned fugitive john mcafee is giving what our veteran reporter says is one of most bizarre interviews of his career. martin met exclusively and in secret are mcafee last night. what happened, martin? >> reporter: this was really a bizarre story. it happen ever since it unfolded. we're talking about a man who made tens of millions as a result of his software invention. but when we talked to him and it was a strange conversation, he wanders from being perfectly clear and candid and concise to sound what almost sounds crazy and i wanted to get to him to talk about the murder of his neighbor and was he involved. here's how our interview began. let me ask you a couple questions i know the police would ask. did you kill greg? >> i barely knew the man. why would i kill him? he was a neighbor that lived 200 yards down the beach. i did not kill the man. i knew nothing about his death until the following morning. >> reporter: but did you have a stormy relationship or a past with him? >> i spoken 50 words to the nonfive years. he w
an hour. earlier today geithner met behind closed doors with house speaker john boehner, senate majority leader harry reid and frank mcconnell. the word he used to describe the overall negotiations, disappointing. >> no substantive progress has been made in the talks between the white house and the house over the last two weeks. listen, this is not a game. jobs are on the line. the american economy is on the line. and this is a moment for adult leadership. campaign style rallies and one-sided leaks in the press are not the way to get things done here in washington. >> democrats today said they're confident a deal can be reached by christmas. but admit negotiations would need to pick up steam. as for senator reid, he says it's now up to the gop to make the next move. >> we're still waiting for a serious offer from the republicans. the president has made his proposal. we need a proposal from them. >> okay. let's dig in and bring in nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. fill us in on how the meetings are going so far. last but not least, nancy pelosi coming up. >> exactly. she'l
to vote for it. they just need a few republicans and they need john boehner to bring it up for a vote. as the president says, i'll play you some clips here in a second, he made a very, very strong case, i think. he said look at these average americans behind us. everybody agrees we should not raise tax cuts on the middle class right now. so if everybody agrees, let's just damn do it! here's president obama saying this should be our first priority. >> obama: let's keep middle class taxes low. that's what our economy needs. that's what the american people deserve. >> bill: you'll see some photos of this event yesterday at the white house up on our web site at again, the president pointed out it's passed the senate. get it through the house. he's got his pen ready to go. >> obama: democrats in the house are ready to vote for that same bill today. if we can get a few house republicans to agree as well, i'll sign this bill as soon as congress sends it my way. i gotta repeat, i've got a pen. i'm ready to s
might be stuck. a senior administration official told us that president obama and john boehner had a phone wallace night and politico was reporting that the phone call was curt. they said on the call john boehner told the president to leave the tax cuts for the rich alone. the president says he doesn't want to do that. he's going to stick with his plan to raise $1.6 billion in revenue and if republicans have something better they should be specific now. eric cantor said republicans are already going further than they did in the same spot in 2010. >> we have done our part. we have put revenues on the table, something we didn't do two years ago during the debt ceiling negotiations. >> we've seen some positive developments in the last several weeks, in terms of what republicans have been saying about the need for revenue as part of a balanced package. the president will continue to make the case that that is essential. >> reporter: so both sides saying revenue is on the table, now the fight is obviously to figure out where it's going to come from, how the government is going to make m
first up, harry reid. then john boehner. in the afternoon, mitch mcconnell and then nancy pelosi. we're expecting to hear from speaker boehner within the half hour following his meeting. we'll bring that to you. his remarks, though, coming on the heels of a politico report that the framework of a deal is beginning to emerge. the speaker and the president as its principal architects. both men expressing determination and cautious optimism yesterday. >> it's too important for washington to screw this up. now is the time for us to work on what we all agreed to, which is let's keep middle class taxes lower. >> time for the president and democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has. but i'm optimistic that we can continue to work together to overt this crisis. >> politico also reporting that the two men had a phone call yesterday that was, quote, curt. can these two men with a history of butting heads meet in the middle before america goes over the edge? >> we have a very, very reasonable chance of going over this cliff. every hour is ticking by, every day
to agree with the rest. >> john boehner earthed republicans to stick together during a closed door meeting before publicly pushing back against his colleague's comments. >> i told tom earlier in our conference meeting that i disagreed with him. the goal here is to grow the economy and control spending. you're not going to grow the economy if you raise tax rates on the top two rates. it will hurt small businesses or hurt our economy. >> meanwhile, president obama is again stepping into defend susan rice who was locked in a face-to-face power struggle with republicans on capitol hill for the second straight day. as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, it's not getting any easier for the women many believe who will be nominated for the next secretary of state. >> the primary purpose from my perspective -- >> with hillary clinton nodding approval, the president sent a strong message to the republicans, don't mess with my u.n. ambassador. rice a welcomed signal that her nomination is still alive despite another brutal day on capitol hill. >> the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a
. they said this is a serious and true story. i said no way. it is. john berman is hosting "starting point" at 7:00, it's now 5:00 a.m. in the east. first 33 days until we reach the fiscal cliff and things are heating up on capitol hill. tim geithner, the chief fiscal cliff negotiator will meet with congressional leaders in an effort to get talks moving. there's no time to waste because there may be 33 days to get a deal done, but congress breaks for the holiday. that happens in just 15 days. white house correspondent dan lothian is live from washington this morning. dan, that clock is ticking louder and louder what is the very latest? i hear there are one-on-one meetings happening today. >> that's right. these are the president himself not sitting down and talking with lawmakers, but timothy geithner will be on capitol hill and other senior level members of the administration trying to hammer something out here. this is a complicated process. so far it does not appear the two sides have gotten closer. that's why you see the president pushing hard, first of all through social media, trying
. he's a republican. also, john kerry, currently in the senate. michelle flournoy. hagel would be an interesting pick. if he picks hagel, a republican, that takes some of the heat off of susan rice to be nominated as secretary of state. she's had a tough time on capitol hill talking to republicans. if you get a package deal, a republican and a democrat, that you're nominating from the president. what are senators going to do, but take both of them? we're hearing, if the president wants susan rice, he's going to nominate susan rice, one way or the another. >> neither side seems to be moving on what they need to do to avoid a fiscal cliff and reach an agreement. is there posturing? >> reporter: well, this is washington. the whole fiscal cliff is forcing them to do something. the president has said that tax rates will go up for the wealthy. republicans won't bend on that yesterday, john boehner said, we are at a stalemate. this is posturing. this is washington. we're going to have ups and downs. >> ups and downs in the stock market, as well. david, thanks. have a great weekend. >>
. >> good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. it's friday. >> happy friday. john berman is hosting "starting point" at 7:00. the middle east is getting ugly. insult and finger pointing in the fiscal cliff debate. tax rates spike and spending slashed. congress is breaking for the holidays in two weeks. it could send the economy spinning in directions. $1.6 trillion in tax hikes. he will travel to pennsylvania to sell it to you. republicans aren't buying it. listen to house speaker, john boehner. >> despite the claims the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> democrats are firing right back at boehner. harry reid getting a little personal. >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. okay? >> ouch. athena jones live from washington. same old same old. where do we go from here? >> that's the big question. the nice talk after the election is pretty much gone away. you mentioned one of the big sticking points, that's taxes. republicans and democrats can't agree on how to raise the tax revenue? end
house speaker john boehner says the latest proposal from the white house would cripple the economy. the plan calls for a boost in revenue by $1.6 trillion over the next decade. >> they want to have this extra spending that's actually greater than the amount they're willing to cut. i mean it's, it's -- not a serious proposal. so right now we're almost nowhere. >> >> mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. where is almost nowhere? >> it's inside the beltway and it's business as usual. it's also december 1st, alex, and we have exactly one month now to avert the fiscal cliff and avert what everybody agrees would be economic catastrophe. of course that combination of $500 billion, a half a trillion dollars in extra taxes for americans, about $2200 just next year alone for the average family. $100 billion in spending cuts, automatic spending cuts, part of that sequester, from the deal that we went through last year that we took right up to the last minute. so, there are two things that are clear here after the president's proffer, one the president and the white house feel as t
is interesting. chuck hagel, a former senator. he's on the right on your screen. he's a republican. also, john kerry, currently in the senate. michelle flournoy, who is in the defense department right now. and ashton carter, right now in the defense department right now. hagel would be an interesting pick. if he picks hagel, a republican, that takes some of the heat off of susan rice to be nominated as secretary of state. she's had a tough time on capitol hill talking to republicans. so, if you get a package deal, a republican and a democrat, that you're nominating from the president. what are republican senators going to do, but take both of them? we're hearing, if the president wants susan rice, he's going to nominate susan rice, one way or the another. >> using political capital at that. david, neither side seems to be moving on what they need to do to avoid a fiscal cliff and reach an agreement. republicans say no tax rate increases. democrats aren't giving in on entitlement reforms. is this just posturing? or are we in real trouble here? >> reporter: well, this is washington. the whole fi
obama vowed to ph.t with mitt romney. ga major garret, thank you. john dickerson is with us. at , good morning. there is a lunch at the white ofse. ossiblethe courtesy of it all, is it possible that something might come out of this like romney helpingy helping the president in some way? some >> something could come out of it. white house officials i've alked to say there's no agenda. ng todon't want to prejudge what eovernor romney might be innedsted in. the president in his press conference said there were some confer good ideas that governor romney had. you could get a little something out of this. we'llt this in the category of a formality and we'll look how ugh their picture is, and if they get through their lunch. look thes right. cult, the fiscal cliff is the ng er difficult situation facing washington. and we just heard senator gndsey graham, a republican say the whiok, we've given a little bit. ho now we're waiting for the white ayed. to give a little bit on ectitlements is the game that's being played. what do whoa expect next? > we'll go back and forth. key thing to keep an e
meetings with john boehner. >> gretchen: it is annoying to see just a campaign. how many people are tired of a campaign speech. why not come to the table and figure it out. i don't understand it. >> steve: at this point, both sides know what they will give up. what their concessions will be. they don't want to go first. we are 33 days away from the official fiscal cliff and sailing off of it . in the washington post they describe a sense much gloom descending over the capitol, bowles meet and he sees one and three chance of an agreement before january. but mr. bowles had met with the president the day before and president had flexibility about that higher tax rate. he wants 39.6 percent. maybe he would take 36, seven,. >> brian: or raise the thres hold. >> gretchen: why would the president be in a negotiating position . he won reelection . >> steve: this is behind the scenes. >> brian: leverage we can go back to recession. you cannot blame george bush because he is in dallas. here is president obama yesterday and you heard from charles krauthammer. >> familis and small businesses can enjo
't buying in. listen to house speaker john boehner's reaction. >> despite the claims that the president supports a balanced approach, the democrats have yet to get serious about real spending cuts. >> didn't take very long for democrats to hit back at speaker boehner. senate majority leader harry reid got up, a little personal. >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. >> i don't understand his brain. let's go to washington this morning. wow, just when we thought they were getting closer seems like they're even farther apart this morning. >> yeah, you know, the nice talk from right after the election is all gone. one of the big sticking points is something you just mentioned which is this whole idea of taxes. republicans and democrats continue to disagree over how to raise tax revenue. should they end the bush tax cuts for the very wealthy as democrats want to do? should they close loopholes, cap deductions, raise the taxes on capital gains and dividends or some combination of all of those? there's even disagreement right now on just how much money -- how much in revenue t
, and we know that skr john boehner and a lot of republicans have said they don't want to raise taxes on people making over $250,000 a year. but if they're willing to do that, they will certainly want something significantment in terms of entitlements. but the deal that's being talked about would delay the cuts for 10 to 20 years. do you think they would buy that is th is this. >> i think the detail we're talking about is not something we've gotten into yet. the president has in his own budget that he's proposedoff $300 billion in health savings. but democrats don't want to simply transfer rising health care costs on to the backs of seniors. that's what the republican proposals would do. what we want to do is lower the over all costs within the system. the president has a number of proposals to do exactly that. and so that's been the big difference. the difference republicans again saying they want to pass the bill on to senior citizens. democrats looking for ways to reduce costs in the system overall. >> would you be in favor of raising the eligible age for medicare, for example? >>
-term deal. >> john boehner, speaker of the house, he came up with a proposal. but not all the conservatives in the house and the senate are on board. jim demint, republican senator from south carolina. >> this is a time to negotiate with ourselves. we need to invite the president to work with us. his proposal was so outlandish, i don't think we should go back to the table until he puts something there that we can work with. the president has known about this fiscal cliff for over a year. and many of his decisions caused us to be in this position. >> how much of a problem does boehner have with other republicans potentially? >> it's a big problem. it's always been his problem. it's been a problem for the republican party since they started taking that no tax pledge 30 years ago. what is revenue increase? is closing deductions and loopholes a revenue increase? and if so, do you have to oppose that? i think what we see going on in the republican party right now is a fight between the stalwart, no new tax whatever conservatives and those who believe that they have a responsibility to keep the c
>>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm brooke baldwin. soledad is off today. the starting point today, the negotiator. the president sending timothy geithner to capitol hill in hopes of getting the fiscal cliff deal done before everyone's taxes go up. >> consolation lunch? president obama visits mitt romney to the white house today and everyone is buzzing about it. could obama offer him a job? >> congratulations to someone. you just won the gdp of a small nation. not just one but two winning tickets in last night's record powerball drawing. we'll tell you where. >> and if they will be my best friend soon. we have a packed show. john ba, rasso, adam shif, rick warren, tom cole, connie and mary bono mack and steven holcomb. >> we have so many people coming up. it is thursday, november 2. "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. our starting point this morning, developments happening now in cairo. the u.s. embassy there is closed. no one is being allowed in or out as we speak. >> embassy officials say protesters are blocking the entrance an
john silo is executive director and joins us life with the cruciall tips that you need this holiday season. i never thought about this at all . it is an important segment to do. what should people be aware of. >> good morn happy holidays. 20 billion in packages that is a lot of the cash and brut after shave going in the mail. you don't have to be parrinoid if you are prepared. get a lockking mailbox. if you don't have one. it is an inexpencive way to cope them out of your mail . get a po box sending important documents have a po box. it is monitored at all time . dropping your mail and sending out packages. rather than putting them in your mailbox or in one of the blue boxes that the crime rings pull the mail out at night. take it to the post office and drop it there. for santa's sake. tell grandma to stop sending the cash in the mail and easy it steal that out of the mail. >> steve: john one of the important thing to remember. thieves and there are a lot of them out there. thieves don't want the gifts per se they want the vital information and identity and account stuff and credit
speaker john boehner walked out of his, and he dished a helping of red meat rhetoric straight to reporters. >> you know, the president has warned us about the dangers of going over the fiscal cliff. but his actions have not matched his public statements. members of his own party seem quite comfortable with sending the economy over the fiscal cliff. >> the speaker's remarks riled the left and provoked this response from senate majority leader harry reid. >> he says that democrats have got to get serious about cuts, spending cuts. where is the disconnect, then? >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. okay? >> with only a handful of legislative days left on the congress's calendar before the looming fiscal cliff becomes a raw reality, will the president and house gop find a way over the latest road black and back to the bargaining table? >> why did the white house decide to have this as their opening volley when they knew the response would be a negative one that they drew? >> was it hardball opening? yeah, of course it was. the question is, what's the counteroffer? >> i would
john boehner today? >> you know, i do sometimes think that ronald reagan might well lose a republican primary these days because he's too moderate. somebody once said it's better than it sounds. and reagan governed in a far more moderate way than he talked before he became a politician. and i think particularly in the last four years something happened to conservatism and the republican party. my friends, tom man and norm stein got a lot of attention for their book. it's worse than what it looks. the republicans have become more radical and more determined to roll back not only parts of the new deal but parts of the great society. i don't think john boehner himself is that far to the right but he's got to worry about this caucus of his that i think does contain a lot of people who fit into that radical category and it's created a real problem for our politics, particularly in the last two years. >> and they also don't seem to really deal with facts because when you really dig down into it, the average tax rates for income 50 to $75,000, taxes were actually higher under reagan. in 2009
to lead. i think one that sticks rather well. because, instead of sitting down with john boehner. instead of trying to hash something out. he is out there again campaigning, gives speeches, instead of being the one that sits down and gets this deal down. here is the president on again what appears to be the campaign trail yesterday in pennsylvania. >> santa delivers everywhere, i have been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. >> [ laughter ] >> you should keep your eye hun gets some connects this year. some members of congress who get them and some who don't. i'm ready to sign it. there are no shortage of pens in the white house. and i carry one around for an emergency just in case. >> kin next is a toy. >> microsoft kinect? >> they make angry birds there, too. >> the question is thisent on te campaign trail a few weeks after everyone was exhausted from the election. now the obama side is having people send out tweets and emails and playing this populist sight. i would say it seems exhaustive. it works. it has been working for the president. throw this out there. do you th
for the middle class can stay in effect. but house speaker john boehner remains opposed, saying a tax hike on the wealthy will hurt the economy. >>> today, president obama is hosting mitt romney at the white house for a private lunch. after the election, the president promised to reach out to romney for his ideas. >>> and overseas, the u.s. could be getting more involved in the civil war in syria. "the new york times" is reporting the obama administration is considering options, including arming the rebel fighters there who have made progress in recent days in battling bashar al assad's forces. >>> and more trouble for president obama's expected nominee for secretary of state. susan collins says she will not back rice for the job, until more questions on the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya are answered. collins said if president obama nominates senator john kerry instead, he would have no trouble winning confirmation. >>> and breaking news out of new york. lindsay lohan has been arrested again, after a fight at a nightclub here in the city early this morning. she is facing assault ch
, we had the speaker, john boehner, saying that he was optimistic. now he's saying no substantial progress has been made. it seems like the two sides don't trust each other. and the republicans were angry that there weren't some real cuts on the line. >> well, you know, i think you're right. but, i mean, i think this time is a replay of the last time. and i think the last time was a row play of the time before that. i mean, these things just go on and on and on. they are not really negotiating yet. this deal will be done when it's done. and until then not much has happened. this is all show. this is all talking. they're not down to the heart of it yet. >> what about those people who say let the fiscal cliff happen? go over the cliff and see what happens and what political advantage we can gain from that? >> i can't imagine -- i can't imagine when it finally gets down to it that rational people would let that happen. i mean, to throw the country into a recession, which you almost would certainly have. to have these draco nian cuts. you would have cuts in the defense department, cha
that there be a first-time home buyer market? this is 43% of it. there you go. >> i am tom stanton. i teach at johns hopkins university, and i would like to talk about administrative capacity, which is different from the discussion of authorities that congress might give fha to adjust premiums or what ever. i am curious, sarah, you and nick would see this and that made 1990's thought and the private mortgage industry killed that so fast all of our heads spun. i was told how much they disliked the idea. what are the politics this time around, because that strikes me as one of the few ways one could get to the improvements in people, processes, and assistance. >> well, my experience at that time is one that i think about a lot, what the opportunities are now. at the end of the day, there were two sets of ideas embodied in the proposal we had at the time. one was the ability to deal with the administrative flexibility and hiring a computer systems and the like. the other was programmatic, giving us the ability to essentially doubled the products that we serve a long performance measures. i think the re
john mcafee wanted for questioning in a murder is now speaking out from guatemala. >> after being on the run, mcafee now plans to ask for asylum. it's wednesday, december 5th. >> announcer: from abc news this is "world news now." >>> good wednesday merning. i'm paula faris. would you spell that? "m-u-r-n-i-n-g?" merning? >> m-e. "merning." "merning." "merning." keeping it casual on the overnights. >>> good morning, america. i'm rob nelson. thank you for joining us. today, the strange case of john mcafee got a whole lot stranger later in our top story. >>> also this half hour, a flight school student caught in a gruesome propeller accident. how his quick-thinking instructor helped save his life. >> unbelievable. >> remember that story a few months ago, lauren scruggs, walked into the propeller. >> same thing. same thing here. >>> also ahead, details on what sent kate middleton to the hospital and when. we also have an update from london on how she is doing right now. >> and then "malcolm in the middle" star, frankie muniz recovering from a really startling health care much more com
, elizabeth, frances or diana, if it's a girl. charles or john, if it's a boy. and one forensic artist has become an internet sensation, studying recent photos of will and kate, and creating these composites of what a new prince or princess might look like. oh, my. and william and kate may be kept apart in the coming days. his military commitment back in wales requires him to maintain a certain number of flying hours. and soon, he'll have to make a difficult decision whether or not to stay in the royal air force or take on the duties of a full-time royal. george and elizabeth, back to you. from london. >> all right. thank you, lara. it's hard to believe that anybody fell for that radio deejay. >> and i think the girl would be cuter than that picture, too. >> i think so. >>> the latest on that fiscal cliff. everyone's taxes set to go up in just 27 days if congress and the white house can't strike a deal. and publicly, at least, president obama is taking a harder line with every day that goes by. abc's jake tapper is covering it all from the white house. and it's clear that president obama b
harper to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate . the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip limited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, for five minutes. mr. defazio: well, yesterday the republicans released a vague press release saying it constituted a counteroffer to the president's road map to avoid driving over the fiscal cliff. now, the republican plan purports to cut $1.3 trillion and raise $800 billion in new revenues. it did contain four specifics. four. cut medicare specific number one. $600 billion. cut medicaid, pays for nursing homes for seniors, of course. priority numbe
, it is a friday morning and this is not a game. words from john bain other as we get react on fiscal cliff talks that exploded in the open. saying that it reads like a democratic wish-list and could plunge the economy back into recession. oh joy. welcome here. i'm bill hemmer. live in "america's newsroom.". martha: good morning, bill. bill: we'll find the silver lining in this, aren't we? martha: we are. bill: that is our quest. martha: i'm martha maccallum. here are the basics when they put forth through tim geithner yesterday from the president. 1.6 trillion in new taxes. that is the opening part of the deal. 50 billion in new stimulus spending. we already had a lot of backlash in stimulus in previous packages. this is interesting element here. new executive power to raise the debt limit. that is what caused so many of these discussions because they bump up against the debt limit and not be able to go back this. there is executive power plea to be able to do that without going back to confess. republicans are saying where is the balance? where is the spending cut side of the equation. the pres
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for compromise. i only hope my friend, john boehner, is listening. the presiding officer: the republican leader is recognized. mr. mcconnell: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader is recognized. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: yesterday afternoon came to the floor and offered president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks to go before a potentially devastating and entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan that members of his own party won't even vote for. so i think it's safe to say at this point that the president actually isn't interested in a balanced agreement, he's not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and he's clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. what t
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, that is a scrooje christmas. >> let's not kid ourselves. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner balked. >> increasing tax rates draws money away from the economy that needs to be invested in the economy to put people back to work. it is the wrong approach. >> reporter: bolder by his re-election, and criticized for being soft on republicans in the past, he drew a hard line, including $1.6 trillion in revenues, $600 billion in additional spending cuts, about half in medicare, and at least $50 billion infrastructure spending. >> we don't want to increase tax rates, we're not going to increase tax rates. and we want to do something about the spending problem. >> reporter: aides say senate minority leader mcconnell laughed after tim geithner showed him the offer thursday. today, confl republican goals remain the same, they say, serious entitlement reform, including higher premiums for the wealthy, and increases in the eligibility wage, with the clock ticking, both sides are working. >> all of us will have to get out of our comfort zones to make it happen. >> reporter: now also a part of the
the toilet. in the john. more than 38 million adults admit to shopping with their pants around their ankles. the study did say men are more likely than women to shop when they are on the pop. the study comes to us from cash starved. that is disgusting. connell: that is multitasking. great video. dagen: they always talk about your phones being really nasty. connell: the dirtiest thing in the world. where is the incentive for the president to make a deal? he has to trust the voters. some of the polls have been saying that. why make a deal. juan williams on why the president should cut a deal with the republicans. dagen: causing companies. bonnie. these are not losers, they are winners on the s&p today. ♪ >> announcer: you never know when, but thieves can eal your identity and turn your life upside down. >> hi. >> hi. you know, i can save you 15% today if you open up a charge card account with us. >> you just read my mind. >> announcer: just one little piece of information and they can open bogus accounts, stealing your credit, your money and ruining your reputation. that's why you need life
: not as much of what you think should happen, i am more interested in what will happen. the ball is now in john boehner's court. what do you think is going to happen? >> over the last four years, the republicans have tried to negotiate in good faith. even two years ago, when the first debt ceiling came up, they said they would put revenues on the table and try to work with our caucus on that. what can we get in return and the president said, basically, nothing. i will not do serious spending cuts. i am not going to do entitlement reform. i am not giving you anything. they came to the table thinking the president would meet them halfway and give them at least something that they want and the president is, yet again, not giving them anything. i think this is what the president wants. he wants the tax rates to go up. even if that means on everybody. that means more revenue going into the government. he wants the defense cuts. he proposed even more spending. 2 billion more in spending. connell: even from congress today, there have been republicans hear similar things. it does leave them and whateve
by the john assembly this afternoon. >>jonathan: in the hour we should hear from palestinian president abbas appealing to the diplomats of the general assembly to vote in favor. they are expected to do that by something like a two-thirds majority which will unfold in the hour of "studio b" today. >>shepard: the israelis said one thing and indicated another. they said this vote is meaningless and they sent their foreign minister in to lobby against it. >>jonathan: something of a disconnect between what they are saying and what they are actually doing. they are saying this is purely symbolic, an empty gesture, this does nothing for anyone in terms of forwarding the peace process but practically speaking, they are obviously worried about the symbolism of it. they are also worried about the practicality of it saying it could on the way for the palestinians to go to other international institutions such as the international criminal court and bring war crimes charges against israeli generals, israel politicians. that, they say, would be an obvious hindering of the peace process and not helpful. t
television. >> we are talking about the fiscal cliff. john harwood just got back from senate republican mitch mcconnell's home state of kentucky. here he is. >> in the senate the challenge is bring together red states and blue states. mitch mcconnell's kentucky is horse country. states represented by top congressional leaders, the reddest of all. among the top leaders of congress involved in fiscal cliff negotiations, the one facing the most home state pressure may be senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. he faces re-election in kentucky and a state where the tea party movement is alive and well. president obama may have won this election but would years ago, leaders of the tea party movement elected ron paul's son, rand, as kentucky senator over an establishment republican. one leader of that movement who runs a high-end audio equipment business says they could do the same thing in 2014 and this time take out mitch mcconnell if he agrees to raise taxes. >> we should not raise taxes in this country. we do not have a receive knew problem. i would like senator mcconnell to recognize that th
as democrats and republicans dig in and ramp up the rhetoric on the fiscal cliff. house speaker john boehner and senate majority leader harry reid trading jabs before the cameras on capitol hill. >> going over the fiscal cliff is serious business. and i'm here seriously trying to resolve it. and i would hope the white house would get serious as well. >> speaker boehner made very clear at his press conference that he thinks the ball is in your court and the president's court. he says democrats have got to get series about spending cuts. where is the disconnect? >> i don't understand his brain so you should ask him. okay? >> reid making those comments to our own kate bolduan. i'm joined by dan lothian. dan, we're learning more about the white house plan to deal with the fiscal cliff. break it down for us. >> reporter: right. this is the plan that secretary -- treasury secretary timothy geithner took up to capitol hill yesterday. it calls for $1.6 trillion in tax increases over a ten-year period more than republicans had anticipated. in addition to that, $400 billion in spending cuts that will
. >> thanks. turning to political news. house gop leader john boehner said we are going no where and wake up washington the count reap is about to go over the fiscal cliff. republicans are urging the republicans to stand against the tax increase. we are 30 days from going over the fiscal cliff . both sides are pointing fingers and blaming each one for the stalemate. but the real losers is you and me, the american taxpayer if the taxpayers can't come to a compromise. steve has more on the part of the grid lock. >> hi, uma. one month away from the critical deadline and there appears to be very little movement to a deal. the president is using the bully pulpit and appeal to the american people and pushing to extend the bush era tax cuts but those making $250,000. a year. democrats want high tax rates for the wealthy. the president stressed the urgency of the situation in the radio address. >> if congress does nothing. every family will see the income taxes go up in the beginning of next year. a family of four will see income taxes rise $2200. we can't let that happen. our families can't afford
tolerate will. >> let me take you both back. george w. bush, john kerry. they talked on the phone about healing and they never talked again. and kerry served on the senate. i mean -- okay, but let's imagine. i'm just going to go with will and look upon this as glass half full. what if, roland -- what if mr. obama could find something for romney to do and romney agreed to do it? >> yeah. white house usher. there's a lot of jobs mitt romney could do for the president. look, first of all, if we're going to do this lunch don't do it at the white house. the president should have taken mitt romney to ben's chili bowl, get a half smoked and he could meet the 47%. i have no problems with it but i certainly think for mitt romney it's going to be one heck of a lunch, having to see the president sit there and smile at him and say you know i kicked your behind. you know i did, didn't you? i think there is a role for individuals who run for president of the united states in terms of still operating in the public space. because, again, we need all ideas on the table. so i'm sure the president, he's g
earlier in the day after the house speaker john boehner says there has been no progress towards a deal. that could be just what the speaker's willing to say in public. in fact, that's what sources are telling us. as i mentioned earlier, some insiders say a deal is already very much in the works and that apparently had traders quite optimistic. the nasdaq ended up 20. the s&p up 6. also helping stocks today word that fewer americans applied for fewer unemployment benefits last week. first time claims dropped to 393,000. second straight drop after a super storm sandy caused a spike in claims across the northeastern united states. the storm also caused big headaches for major retailers according to folks at master card who track spending sandy kept shoppers in hard hit areas from spending estimated $4 billion in stores. today big name chains macy's targeting and kohl's weak sales in november. came despite strong black friday sales which many started on thanksgiving day itself. you have probably heard that the maker of twinkies is about to go belly up. the company wants to pay a number of
. there is a stalemate. let's not kid ourselves. that's the quote today from speaker of the house john boehner about the battle over the so-called fiscal cliff. that's the combination, of course, of spending cuts and exexpiring tax breaks set to kick in about a month from now. economists say it could cause another recession. today, the president visited a toy factory in pennsylvania to make his case for his plan. he is asking americans to pressure congress to extend tax cuts for the middle class right now. in fact, extend tax cuts for everybody for the first $250,000 of income. so the families won't have to worry about a new year's day tax hike. republic leaders say letting the tax cuts expire on income of more than $250,000 would hurt small businesses and, as they call them. job creators. let's get to ed henry who is with us from the white house tonight. president says the election proved most americans are on board with this plan. >> that's right. he, without using the word thinks he he basically has a mandate. even though the election is over, he is out campaigning for this again because he think
. appreciate it. the battle over the fiscal cliff, certainly heating up. house speaker john boehner says the two sides are at a stalemate. no big surprise. while president obama says the only thing holding up the deal is quote a handful of republicans. here we go again. peter barnes in washington with the latest on the stalemate. peter? >> that's right, ash. speaker boehner said a stalemate, quote, let's not kid ourselves for punctuation. he and the president were both out in front of cameras today to try to convince voters that both of them are ready to keep talking. >> i'm willing to move forward in good faith. our original framework still stand. instead of raising tax rates we can produce similar amount of revenue, reforming the tax code to close loopholes and lower tax rates. >> this is not some run-of-the-mill debate. this isn't about which political party can come out on top in negotiations. and all of us will have to get out of our comfort zones to make that happen. i'm willing to do that. i'm hopeful that enough members of congress in both parties are willing to do that as well.
speaker john boehner, declared a stalemate, while president obama warned that republicans must accept higher taxes on the rich or watch everyone get a tax hike. >> that's sort of like the lump of coal you get for christmas. that's a scrooge christmas. >> so, what is next? george stephanopoulos is going to sit down with the treasury secretary tim geithner for a reality check on these negotiations, this sunday on "this week." >>> and we head overseas now to israel, and the provocative new announcement there. officials in israel saying they will build 3,000 new israeli homes in jerusalem. the palestinians condemned the announcement. it comes on the heels of that historic vote by the united nations, making palestine an observer state, over the objections of israel and the u.s. >>> and nearby in egypt, tahrir square again filling up with protesters, more than 100,000 at times today, chanting against their president, mohamed morsi, claiming he jammed through a draft of a new constitution, which strengthens the muslim brotherhood against christians and liberals. critics say it would curb the
to start there and play hardball, but because john boehner is balancing. republicans say they will never, ever, ever vote for a tax increase, and those who say okay, well, let's make a deal. and i just think the president, by starting with a proposal that even "the wall street journal" said was provocative, maybe not the best first step to help john boehner pull over a majority of his caucus. >> totally disagree, because i think it gives boehner room now to look like he brought the president in now. i think it's a great first offer, because it's going to have to change now. just like bidding on a house, i give ridiculously low offers. but you ultimately end up with a deal. >> you see even this answer? she doesn't believe a thing she says. but that's her first offer. >> we'll see what happens with the second offer. when you look at what's happened over the past week, a couple of campaign style events for the president. republicans meeting with a number of ceos. how much is really happening behind the scenes in terms of any sort of negotiations? >> well, actually i think behind the scenes
's marine corporal general joseph doneford and replaces general john al llen, nominatedo head forces in europe. allen's nomination on hold because of his involvement in the sex scandal that brought down former cia director david petraeus. >>> in foreign news, new intelligence reports, indicate syria's government may be preparing to use chemical and biological weapons against the rebels. in response though, the u.s. and its allies are considering military options. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: the latest intelligence is alarming. officials telling abc news the u.s. is now seeing specific signs that the syrian regime may be preparing to use the chemical sarin against opposition forces. sarn is an extremely toxic substance that can kill a person in matter of minutes with only one drop. the victim suffocated from the paralyzing effects of the toxin. this new intelligence has the obama administration so concerned, harsh warnings came from the president himself. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching. the use of chemical
speaker john boehner said the white house had not proposed spending cuts needed to win critical republican votes. >> i have to tell you, i'm disappointed in where we are, i am disappointed in what's happened in the last couple weeks. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid fired back saying democrats put forward a serious plan and ridiculed boehner when asked about the argument that the ball is in the democrats' court. >> i don't understand his brain, so you should ask him. >> reporter: away from the hill, vice president biden took his own steps to push for fiscal cliff compromise, stopping in d.c.'s first costco. warning the economy could suffer greatly if lawmakers can't get a deal done. he proudly flashed his store membership card. >> i went to get my wife's card, she said no, no, no, get your own. >> reporter: according to sources at the white house and on the hill, treasury secretary geithner offered a plan that includes $1.6 trillion in new taxes and $400 billion in spending cuts. it is essentially the budget proposal from last year, a plan republicans called a nonstarter. you
they would achieve. house speaker john boehner inc insists his offer is the best one on the table calling it a credible plan that deserves serious consideration by the white house. jenna: mike emanuel is with us. certainly a challenge to find this ideal plan. what is holding it up. >> reporter: the chairman of the senate budget committee wants a large come proceed hence i have deal in the range of $5 trillion and says a grand bargain can get done if everybody kaoels cool and doesn't overreact to every valley over the net. he this is a camp david-style summit might help things move around. a senate republican told greta van susteren it's time to be honest about retirement benefits. >> you and i need to pay a little more into the system because we can afford it. that is the kind of entitlement reform we need. >> reporter: that gets older americans and their groups all worked up thinking you could be messing with their benefits. jenna: a hot toeupb hot topic, and taxes. it seems they need to have some sort of increase in taxes. how does that play out. >> reporter: the statement from the whit
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